Westmoreland suggested sending letters explaining the sticky situation to the homeowners and holding town hall meetings. Road resurfacing costs millions of dollars the county doesn't have.
“They don't understand what is going on,” he said. “They are upset for the simple reason they are paying taxes and nothing is being done.”
* Recreation policy fee action
Flipper Chapel is planning a free Fun Day in May. The application for recreation facility was completed, according to McMullen.
The group wanted the fee dropped from $800 down to $400.
McMullen requested board direction considering the current application and fee reduction request.
Tommy French, District 2, and Emily Davis, District 1, advocated for the event. Laptops, clothes and bicycles are given away during that event.
Everything is free to the public.
“It's donated so much to the citizens of Baldwin County it's really an asset for us,” French said. “I see no park detriment.”
The board agreed recreation policies must be altered to deal with special situations.
“If we've got a policy set and we are going to negotiate everything that comes up, we need to change our policy to the price is negotiable,” Westmoreland said.
The commissioners voted to make the requested exception at last year's fee of $400.
• Development Authority Director update
The City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County Development Authority executive director Matt Poyner briefed the commission on industrial park efforts and rebranding ideas to change the perception of the entire area.
Currently, 30 acres of the 44-acre land tract are cleared before grading begins. Project managers are coming the first week of June.
“I want them to see what we are doing and how we are being proactive because we have to show them that we are working hard too and we need jobs,” Poyner said.
The authority head also mentioned the importance of beautification projects through the Chamber's Young Professionals group and pairing up with Georgia College talent to attract big technical projects.